Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.25.16

Scripture 

 
Romans 5:8

Pray

Thank You Father for today. Your gift to me is priceless and I’m humbly grateful. Lovingly I praise You and celebrate the sacrifices of Your son Jesus. Amen. 

Reflection

Jesus sacrificed his life for ours. He loved us before we took our first breaths. Show your gratitude in your daily walk. 

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.24.16

Scripture 
  
Isaiah 53:5

Pray

Father thank You for today, another day to live life to its fullest. I won’t take it for granted because I know that it’s not a guarantee. 

I’m humbly grateful for everyday that I have here to be part of something bigger than me, while also focusing on living the life that You intend for me. Thank You Father for the gift of my days. In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray and give thanks to You. Amen. 


Reflection
 

While sad at the reality of his transition, I’m grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice for the generations that remained and the generations unborn. Jesus proved that there is a next level of existence, that our flesh is temporary, because we are spiritual beings created in God’s image. 
Jesus was tortured and crucified, and he accepted this human fate in exchange for the forgiveness of the sins of those who conspired against him, others who quickly turned on him and joined the mob, as well as those who stood by and did absolutely nothing to help him. He forgave them and asked God to forgive them. He simply stated, “they know not what they do”, and those words couldn’t be any truer. 

Many of the offspring of those who attacked and betrayed him, either became devote followers of Christ or went deeper into their separate faiths looking for atonement, or they wandered around dazed and confused. The people did not come together as one. They were still fractured. Because they didn’t know exactly what to do, and thousands of years later, neither do the modern generations. 

Jesus wanted to bring people together, help them understand their relationship to God, let them experience healing in its purest form, limit their dependence on man and material things, and open up their eyes to the limitless opportunities that God provides. 

It’s been more than 2,000 years since Jesus ascended and we’re no different than the lost Israelites of Moses’ time—inconsistent, restless, conditional believers, idol worshippers, cynics, complainers, and too self-absorbed to realize why the journey is taking so long. 
We have fragmented Christianity into so many mistranslated or self-serving pieces, that a non-Christian may not be able to decipher a “true” Christian from an imposter. In some cases, that person may find it hard to decipher the so-called Christian from an agnostic. 

We are lost and don’t even know it. Jesus paid for that sin also, but we don’t know how to make right our wrongs. 
Ponder that…

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. How is it possible to unite the Christian people when we all follow different ideologies and thinking?
Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. 

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 
Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 
Love always,

Natasha
Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.23.16

Scripture   
Matthew 20:28

Pray 

Today I opened my eyes and had life because of you. Thank You Father. Today I will lead in service of others and not follow with an expectation of being served. Thank You for this opportunity. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

Reflection

A lot of people have the role of servant confused. A lot of people confuse servant leadership as a sign of weakness. 

To lead by first serving others, proves your commitment to seeing everyone succeed. If I help you then you are more inclined to pay it forward and help others. 

If instead I am self-absorbed then I ignorantly believe that you are here to be of service to me, and I treat you accordingly, then neither of us benefit—and you will most likely pay forward the same mistreatment or indifference that I shared with you. 

Jesus washing the feet of his disciples laid the foundation for them to do the same for others. Jesus associated with and healed the undesirables of the land, people that religious folk deemed unworthy of association and empathy. By Jesus serving the least of God’s children, he serves as a model for the rest of us to do the same. 

I always say, “people walk around here with signs saying ‘Jesus is coming’ but how do you know if he’s not already here? What if he’s the homeless guy you refused to give money or food to?”

We’re more inclined to protect the so-called righteous in our churches who have committed heinous acts, and crimes against innocent people. Yet we won’t protect and lift up God’s homeless children who admit they are flawed, made mistakes, trusted the wrong people, lost their physical possessions, and have strained or no relationships with family. 

Can you see our hypocrisy?

Clean clothes and a home doesn’t make a man. What’s inside of that person is what makes them who they are. How they think and behave. 

Imagine how much positive change could come if rather than lining the pockets of bishops and pastors, so they can have jets and mansions–if instead that money was invested in empowering homeless people, and giving them a hand up not a hand out. Those billions of dollars could restore dignity, pride, honor, peace, love, and joy in the hearts and minds of millions of God’s children. 

We have to ask ourselves each day, “what would Jesus do?”

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.22.16

  
Scripture

2 Chronicles 7:14
Pray 

I’m patiently listening, watching and waiting Father. Thank You for giving me this opportunity. Thank You for believing in me, even when I don’t. Thank You for forgiving me, even when I’m guilt ridden. Thank You for second chances I never expected. I love You Father. 

Reflection 

Mahatma Gandhi said that people should, “be the change you want to see in the world”, so we should rebuke evil, turn from negativity, and lift each other up in praise. We should embrace each other and focus less on our differences and more on our similarities. God loves all of us equally. We should do the same. 

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.21.16

Scripture

Mark 6:5-8

Prayer 

Father thank You for this day. Thank You for answering my prayers, for guiding me through some rough times, and for making me wait for Your time. Humbly Your servant I will remain. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection 

 It is amazing how when you are really tuned in to the right “frequency” you can have these talks with God (that we reflected upon the other week), and make better decisions. 

There are times when I speak aloud rather than silently so that I’m hearing what I’m thinking (especially when I’m upset or sad and easily distracted), and because sometimes it just feels good to say it aloud rather than in my private mental thoughts. 

You would be surprised how many times after hearing what I was thinking, I realized how crass, negative, foolish, fearful, selfish, or impulsive I was and then I could work to change directions—since we all know that just because you realize you’re wrong doesn’t mean you necessarily change your behavior immediately (our human flaw). 

For those of you who enjoy or prefer to pray to and speak with God aloud, let me share some new tech benefits that should also make you laugh a little…. 

With the vast majority of the world wearing headsets and Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, now you can speak aloud without insecurity (of feeling judged by others as being “crazy” for talking to yourself)–because most people will simply think you’re talking to someone on your cell phone. Just don’t talk too loud because then your “crazy” odds will shift, and not in your favor. Are you laughing yet? 

But let’s be clear, you don’t even have to speak aloud to have a conversation with God. He hears our thoughts. He knows them before we form and make sense of them ourselves. 

You don’t need an “amen corner” of believers backing up your words to seemingly give your words validity. However, having prayer partners can be very beneficial because sometimes we get so succumbed by our issues that another person can help you snap out of yourself, and truly tune in to God. 

I have prayer partners who pray for me and I pray for them. We lift each other up in God’s Word. We’re not doing it for recognition from God or His children. We’re doing it keep ourselves focused on walking the walk as believers in Christ. I’m even a founding member of the Women In Entertainment Prayer Group. My friend, Lavonya Jones, had the idea, and together we have been connecting with other women for and through prayer. 

Isn’t God amazing?!?

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. How do you pray? 

4. Are you comfortable praying aloud in front of other people? 

5. Where/how did you learn how to pray?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.9.16

  

Scripture

Colosssians 3:2 John 8:32 

Pray

Thank You Father for another day. This blessing is not taken for granted. I’m humbly grateful. 

Father today I ask for opportunities to study, share, and discuss Your Word with others. Not just with righteous believers but also with conditional believers and nonbelievers. 

Let us read, see, hear, and feel the Truth–so that we might speak and live It, and be set free from our spiritual and mental bondage. 

In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen. 

Reflection

There isn’t an issue or problem that can’t be addressed by simply knowing God’s Word. You can pick up the Bible and find a parable, story, statement, or commandment, that addresses the issues in and of the world in which we live. 

It is our interpretation of the Word that gets us in trouble. It is our struggle with understanding the difference between the spiritual context and the physical. It is our misunderstanding of the deeper meanings because in so many ways we can be quite shallow. It is our arrogance and foolishness in always wanting to be right, and thinking that we are, that oftentimes leaves us 100 percent wrong. 

In the modern Christian “world” we have so many denominations and hundreds of translations of the Bible, with everyone thinking and believing that their way is right, that we don’t even realize that we’re walking around lost in the “forest” like the children of Israel. 

It does not take an intermediary, such as a pastor or priest, to speak on your behalf to God–or to unpack His Word to you–you already have a special connection with Him, you just need to nurture, value, respect, and protect your relationship. 

The small voice within you is God. Listen and speak with Him. 

You are never too old to learn, to be a student. Wisdom comes from lessons learned. 

The Truth is revealed to all of us but only those with a spiritual lens can see and embrace it for what it is. 

So go grab your bound Bible, e-version, app, or audio-formatted Bible and get to studying!

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. In what ways are you working at being a better student of God’s Word?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.8.16

  

Scripture

…fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honorable.

Philippians 4:8

Pray

Thank You for this day Father-Mother. Thank You for the experiences that today will bring. I know that there will be challenges, misunderstandings, and frustration. But I also know there will be joy, celebration, and laughter. I accept all that comes my way and I know that through these experiences I only get wiser, stronger, and better. I thank You Father. 

Today I will be cautious of what I subject my mind to–the content I read as well as the content I watch on television and the Internet. I will be mindful of the gossip and the information that I repeat. If these things aren’t good and don’t deserve praise, then please remind me not to consume and share them. Thank You. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen. 

Reflection

With access to so much news, gossip and drama, we are flooded with both the good and the bad, that we oftentimes don’t realize how toxic our minds have become. 

We’re seeking out pain, fear, heartache, gore, humiliation, and negativity. We want to see people fighting, bloodshed, and horror. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself why?

I’m not sure what draws me in to violent films. I’m not sure why I used to love horror movies. Yes, you read that right…

I used to be a HUGE horror film fan. I enjoyed being scared to the point where I could barely sleep at night, or I would have nightmares about the movies that I watched. I got some twisted rush from this. Every October I spent my 31 nights watching all of the horror movies that would be broadcasted on cable tv. 

But around 2008 things began to change and I no longer took pleasure in my fear. I couldn’t tolerate watching the movies anymore. They began to rock me to my core and the energy was too much to bear. 

What had changed? I had changed. 

In 2008 that’s when I started giving up most of my vices, and I began to really get into the Word. I was attending church regularly and I was forwarding my friend Kenya’s daily scriptures by text message. Now, six years later, I can’t even tolerate to watch a trailer for a horror film or a teaser for a tv show that is based on demons and witchcraft. If I can reach the remote in time, I will mute the sound or change the channel until I think it’s off the screen. My body physically can’t handle it anymore. Imagine that. Once a lover of horror, now I’m physically disturbed by the sights and sounds of these productions. 

The last two films that I watched (ignorantly convinced by my husband’s friend) were in 2012 and 2013, and both times I kept my eyes closed during large chunks of footage and I prayed during the movies and before I went to bed. My husband (who also can’t handle horror films) laughed at me, but oddly enough both times he woke to nightmares while I slept peacefully. 

Once you get closer to God, your core rejects all things that don’t reflect Him. Your essence becomes disturbed by energies not of Him. You physically feel the difference standing in the Light versus standing in darkness. At the same time, you also will find yourself being attacked more by the enemy—more temptation, more chaos and confusion, and more drama. 

It takes work and effort to fill your mind with only things that are good and worthy of praise. It’s easier to fill it with junk, because there’s so much to choose from in the world. If you don’t believe me scan through your radio and tv stations, look on social media and see what topics are trending, look at the local and international newspapers. 

Look at these ugly so-called “reality shows” that expose and promote the darkness that so many people don’t even realize they carry around like baggage; women and men walking around undignified, lacking class and honor, yet having a sense of entitlement to something great and wondrous. 

It’s very easy to get sucked in to the darkness. God gives us the choice to rebuke the darkness or embrace the Light, speak ill of others or lift them up in praise, gossip or squash the rumor, tear down or build up. We all struggle with these things each day. We have choices. 

Today what will you choose to do?

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. How many times so far today have you caught yourself being pulled into a negative environment?

4. Consider the number of times that you didn’t realize you were filling your mind of things unworthy of praise; how does that make you feel? 

5. What’s the first genre of music that you listen to when you get up in the morning? What’s the first thing that you watch on tv in the morning or when you get home at night?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.